WOW what a weekend!
It takes me back to something I wrote about a few issues ago regarding circumstances and dealing with them. It’s also given me a great opportunity to practicing No Blaming, No Complaining and No Excuses!
This weekend started off with my 4 yr old son flying off of his skateboard landing face first on the pavement, then coming home to a burglarized house Sunday night, and finally, finding out my grandfather had a heart attack Monday morning and is currently in an induced coma while they do whatever they need to do to get him well.
My point in sharing this is to illustrate that no matter what you do or who you are, you will always be dealing with your current set of circumstances, whatever they are.
I have little to no control over what happened this weekend, but I have everything to say about how I am going to respond to what happened this weekend.
After dealing with cleaning up and all the emotions that come along with everything happening this weekend, my wife and I decided to sit down to look at everywhere in our lives there were things that needed to be done that we’ve been putting off.
You know, things like home security systems, upgrading insurance and documenting all our valuables in case of a robbery. (Better late then never right?)
We made the “Everything that’s wrong with our lives” list. Yes the title is a little sarcastic, but it gets the point across. We listed everything we could think of that we’ve been annoyed by, that we’ve been putting off and need to get done, that, for whatever reason, hasn’t gotten done. All the way down to getting the battery replaced in the key faub for our car.
This is an excellent exercise to do with your business (hint, hint!)
This may seem daunting at first, but you will find that there is a finite number of things when you get down to it. Then we put everything in a grid that I first saw in a Stephen Covey book. Many people have knocked it off and you may have seen it before.
This a rough but accurate representation of the four quadrants.
Quadrant one (top left) contains things like crises, deadlines and things that require your attention now!
Quadrant two (top right) is the sneaky one. This is where you’ll find the most important things in your life that aren’t getting done, but will make the most difference in your life.
Quadrant three (bottom left) is where you will find that things that you’d consider distractions or time wasters. It’s things like checking email or text messages every time one comes in, even in the middle of a conversation just because your phone is beeping at you. All the things you would consider “busy work”. Or playing games on your phone because it sent you a notification. Things like that which may seem urgent but are not important.
Finally quadrant four is where you find things that you could do if you had an entire day to do nothing, but more than likely won’t ever get to.
What’s great about this is you will finally be able to organize those things that constantly nag at you and sometimes even keep you awake at night.
We came up with 31 things on our list and began sorting them. After sorting them by category, we prioritized them and set dates and times for when we will be getting these things done. It turns out that we’ll be able to get started on, if not complete everything in the top two quadrants by the end of the month!
So, obviously I’ll be doing this with the Taekwon-Do school at our next meeting (and you should too!)
About the Author:
Mr. Karstadt is the founder of 1 TKD Consulting and owns the longest running ITF Taekwon-Do school in Arizona, Karstadt Taekwon-Do in Phoenix, AZ with his father Master David Karstadt. He has been training since 1984, earned his Black Belt at the age of 8 and is currently an internationally renown intstructor teaching the culture, discipline, leadership and business skills of Taekwon-Do in classes and seminars to Instructors around the world. He has been a member of eight U.S. Taekwon-Do Teams and has traveled to 14 different countries competing in Taekwon-Do. He has won numerous medals at the World Championships and in international competition, most notably winning the 2004 World Championships in South Korea with two gold medals and the Men’s Team All Around Trophy. Mr. Karstadt currently resides in uptown Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and three children. Mr. Karstadt can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org